1915 August

1st The Cubs beat the Phillies, 2–1, when OF Possum Whited misses a shoestring catch on a line drive by Heinie Zimmerman, Zim circles the bases for a homer to beat Alexander.

2nd On the 8th anniversary of Walter Johnson’s debut, the Big Train tops the Browns, 5–1. The losing pitcher is George Sisler, who has a single off Johnson.

4th On a cold and damp day in St. Louis, the Giants sweep the Cardinals. In the opener, New York pounds Red Ames and Mathewson coasts to a 10–0 lead after 6 innings, but the Cards come back to make it close, losing 11–9. Jeff Tesreau saves Matty’s 6th win of the year. New York takes the nitecap, 7–0.

5th Against Pittsburgh, the Phillies lose, 1–0, when Quaker backstop Bill Killefer throws wildly past 3B with the sacks full in the 9th. Pete Alexander is saddled with the loss while Adams takes the win.

(Adam) Rankin Johnson allows just one hit, but it drives in the lone run as the St. Louis Feds lose to Baltimore, 1–0. Eddie Plank is the winner.

7th  At Fenway, Smoky Joe Wood fires a one-hitter in the opener, beating Cleveland, 2–0. Bill Wambsganss single is the only Cleveland hit. For Wood, it is his 5th one-hitter, and the 3rd over regulation distance. Leonard is the 6-2 winner in game 2.

In Chicago, the White Sox top the Senators 6–2. Relieving for the losing pitcher Jim Shaw is future Hall of Famer Sam Rice, who will pitch only 8 more times before going to the outfield for two decades. Playing RF in the game for Washington is Walter Johnson, filling in for the injured Danny Moeller. Johnson goes 1-for-3 with a run and RBI.

In the first of two at the Polo Grounds, the Browns top the Yankees, 6-1, as Jimmy Austin leads the way with 5 hits, including a triple and homer. In game 2, a future Hall of Famer takes a turn on the mound, as George Sisler pitches to two Yankees in the 6th inning, hitting one and walking the other. The game is called at the end of 10 innings with the score tied 4–4.

For the 2nd time in six weeks, Pirate hurler Al Mamaux combines to throw a doubleheader shutout. This time his partner is Bob Harmon, as Mamaux stops the Phils 6–0 and Harmon follows with a 9–0 win.

At Redland Field, New York’s Christy Mathewson pitches a 5-hitter to beat Pete Schneider and the Reds, 5–4.

Ham Hyatt hits a 3-run homer in the 1st off Wheezer Dell, and the Cardinals ride it to a 6-4 win over the Dodgers. As Brooklyn’s rookie Ed Appleton steps to the mound, St. Louis manager Miller Huggins, coaching at 3B, calls for the ball. The rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, and the ball rolls by as the Cardinal runner scores. A change in the rules will prevent such trickery in the future.

8th  Phils OF Gavvy Cravath drives home a club-record-tying (Bransfield, 1910) 8 runs on 4 doubles as Philadelphia wins 14–7 in Cincinnati. Two of Gavvy’s doubles come with the bases loaded, tying a ML record, and the only time this century that someone has doubled with the sacks full twice in a game. The other players with two 3-run doubles in a regulation game are: Bob Gilks, 1890; Harry Davis, 1896; Klondike Douglas, 1898. Alexander coasts home to the win.

Hank O’Day, who managed the Cubs in 1914, returns to umpiring.

9th  George Cutshaw goes 6–for–6, all singles to lead Brooklyn to a 13–0 pasting of the Cubs. He’s the first player (Ginger Beaumont, July 22, 1899) in 14 years to collect 6 hits in a game. Giving up the hits are George Pierce and Pete Standridge, the latter being pounded for 15 hits in 4 innings. Big Ed Pfeffer twirls a 2-hitter.

In a 6-3 win over the PittFeds, Buffalo’s Hal Chase hits a grand slam, connecting in the 8th off Elmer Knetzler. Chase will hit 17 roundtrippers this year, his only season in double figures.

10th In Washington, Detroit 3B Ossie Vitt is hit by a Walter Johnson fastball and, after being knocked out for 5 minutes, leaves the game with a concussion. A rattled Johnson then allows 4 runs in the first inning, two runs on a 2-run homer by George Burns, and another 4 through the 6th inning to lose (he will be 17–2 at home this year). Ty Cobb, observing Johnson’s fear of hitting a batter, will begin crowd the plate on the Washington ace from here on. Cobb will average .435 for the rest of his career against Walter, after topping .222 only once in the previous 8 years.

Babe Ruth is 2-for-4 while pitching the Red Sox to 10–3 win over the Browns in the 2nd of two. Ruth strikes out 7 in winning his 10th.

12th At Forbes Field, young Al Mamaux yields just 3 hits in beating Giants starter Jeff Tesreau, 3–0.

13th Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 20th, 5–3, as the Phillies beat Boston’s Dick Rudolph.

14th In the first matchup of Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson, the Babe comes away the winner, 4–3. He also goes 2-for-3 and scores a Boston run in the come from behind victory. Ruth is hitting .370, 2nd in the AL behind Cobb.

15th The Browns George Sisler pitches a complete game against the Indians, losing 1–0 to Guy Morton. Morton strikes out 11, including the side in the 9th inning.

16th  At Boston, Smoky Joe Wood fires a 1–0 shutout over Washington. The Nationals have lost all 11 games at Fenway this year.

In the second game of a doubleheader, Tiger rookie Bernie Boland no hits Cleveland through 26 batters before PH Ben Paschal singles, his first and only hit of the year. Boland wins, 3–1. Detroit takes the opener, 6-2.

Miles Main of Kansas City (FL) pitches a 5–0 no-hitter versus Buffalo. A leadoff grounder in the 3rd inning by Walter Blair that goes for a hit is changed to an error on KC shortstop Johnny Rawlings after the game to give Main the no-hitter. KC manager George Stovall prevails upon the scorer to change the call, and Buffalo manager Harry Lord offers no objection. One Buffalo newspaper disagrees and carries the game as a one-hitter.

17th  Lefty Rube Benton pitches a 3–2 win for Pittsburgh over Chicago, but both the Cubs and Giants protest the win, claiming Rube belongs to New York. A week later, NL directors agree with them, and the game is scheduled for replay in September. The Reds had put the hard-living Benton (6-13) in waivers in early August where he had been claimed by New York for $3,000. The Pirates jumped in with an offer of $4,000 and the Reds accepted it. But the NL upholds his purchase by the Giants from the Reds.

Jack Coombs bests Mathewson again as the Dodgers top New York, 3–2.

18th  The new Braves Field opens in Boston. An estimated 46,500 jam the park to see the Braves and Dick Rudolph beat the Cards, 3–1.

Good job. Wilbur Good becomes the only Cub ever to steal 2B, 3B, and home in the same inning. He does it in the 6th frame of a 9–0 beating of Brooklyn.

      Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, sponsors the first National High School baseball tournament. It is an instant success and will continue every August (except during WW II) to the present. It will often be called the Koshien Tournament, after the stadium near Osaka where the games will be played starting in 1924.

The Browns send pitchers Bill James and Grover Lowdermilk to the Tigers for 1B Babe Doll Jacobson.

19th Red Faber pitches the White Sox to a 2–1 win over the Red Sox, beating Rube Foster. With the Tigers’ win over the A’s, Boston and Detroit are virtually tied for 1st.

20th  The White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleveland in exchange for OF Braggo Roth, OF Larry Chappell, P Ed Klepfer, $31,500 and a player to be named later (February 14, 1916). Roth will lead the AL in homers this year with 7.

The Giants purchase the contract of George “High Pockets” Kelly from Victoria for $1200. Kelly is the nephew of Bill Lange, 1890s star of the Chicago Nationals.

21st Babe Ruth pitches Boston to a 4–1 win over the Browns. At bat, the Babe is hitless.

The Chicago White Sox trade Braggo Roth, Ed Klepfer, $31,500 and a player to be named later (Larry Chappell will be the player, sent on February 14, 1916) to Cleveland for Shoeless Joe Jackson. Roth will slug four homers for Cleveland to give him a total of seven, enough to edge Rube Oldring for the American League homerun title. Roth is the first man in the American League, and the first player since Bill Joyce in 1896, to win a home run title while playing for more than one team. All 7 of his homers will come on the road.

22nd  In the 2nd inning of game one of a doubleheader versus Detroit, the crowd sees the Senators score a run with no times at bat, the only time its ever happened. Chick Gandil and Merito Acosta walk; Buff Williams sacrifices, and George McBride hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gandil, and the Tigers catch Acosta off 2B when OF Bobby Veach throws to Ossie Vitt. Washington’s Walter Johnson goes on to win, 8–1, and snap the Tigers’ 9-game win streak.

At St. Louis, the Red Sox take two from the Browns, winning 6-1 behind Rube Foster (16-5), and 5-3 with Dutch Leonard on the hill. Leonard strikes out 14.

In the Federal League, Newark takes 2 from Pittsburgh, winning, 2–1 and 3–1, both wins coming on 10th inning inside-the-park homers by Edd Roush. Newark leads by one percentage point over Kansas City, with Pittsburgh 3rd and Chicago 4th, only 1 1⁄2 games separating the teams. The race is so close by season’s end Newark will be 5th, six games out. Chicago will win it by one game with 86-66 to St. Louis 87-67 and Pittsburgh’s 86-67. There will be nine 20-game winners, led by George McConnell’s 25-10 for the Whales, the only year McConnell wins more than 8 games.

23rd At the Polo Grounds, the Cardinals sweep two from the Giants, winning 5–4 and 4–3, with reliever Hub Perdue picking up both victories. New York is in 7th place, 8 ½ games in back of the leading Phillies.

24th  The Browns bring George Sisler in to pitch 5 innings of relief. Sisler gives up one run and earns the win, a 10–7 victory over the A’s Rube Bressler.

25th Following a 5-3 win in game 1, the Giants start Rube Benton in game 2 against the Pirates, and the former Red is peppered for 12 hits in 4 innings as the Giants lose, 9-7. Pittsburgh scores 5 in the 5th.

The Giants release Rube Marquard to Toronto (IL) but the veteran pitcher refuses to go to the minors. He works out his own deal and is signed by Wilbert Robinson and the Dodgers. Rube will post a 13–6 record next season for Uncle Robby.

The Red Sox win 2–1 in 13 innings to sweep the Tigers and solidify their hold on 1st place. Boston has now won 7 straight and 19 of 21.

27th Mathewson wins his 8th and last game of the year edging the Pirates, 2–1. Babe Adams takes the loss.

Detroit snaps the Red Sox win streak, stopping Boston, 7–6, in 12 innings. Boston still leads the AL by 4 ½ games.

Dots Miller legs out an inside-the-park grand slam in the 8th off Sherry Smith to help the Cardinals to an 11-7 victory in Brooklyn.

28th Pitching for St. Louis in the Federal League, 39-year-old Eddie Plank records his 300th career win, beating Kansas City. 3–2. Henning is the loser. Plank will post a 21-11 record this season in the FL, and, when the league folds, post a 16–15 for the 1916 St. Louis Browns.

In the first of two at Cleveland, the Red Sox win 5–3 behind Babe Ruth and Carl Mays, then 3-1 in game 2. With the Tigers splitting with New York, Boston leads by 2 games.

In Detroit, the Yankees stop the Tigers, 1-0, behind Ray Caldwell in game 1. Harry Coveleski then wins the second game for Detroit, 6-2. Yankee CF Skeeter Shelton, brought up from Columbus to replace the injured Roy Hartzell, has his only ML hit off Coveleski. The good-fielding Skeeter will be back in Columbus next week, finishing his 10-game stint with a 1-for-40 showing.

29th  George Sisler again pitches against Walter Johnson and this time wins, 2–1. He will be 4–4 for the Browns and 1–2 next year before moving permanently to 1B. Sisler is helped in the 8th inning when Brownie 2B Del Pratt nabs pinch runner Horace Milan, in his ML debut, with a hidden ball trick. Horace is the brother of teammate Deerfoot Milan. For the remainder of his life, Sisler will refer to this as his greatest thrill in baseball.

30th  Three-time 20-game winner Larry Cheney is traded by the Cubs to Brooklyn for OF Joe Schultz.

31st  Art Nehf and Tom Hughes are both 2–0 winners as the Braves sweep two from the Reds.

At the Polo Grounds, only 2 runners reach base as the Cubs’ Jimmy Lavender pitches a 2–0 no-hitter against the Giants, the only shutout in his 11–16 season. Lavender, “the diminutive diamond expert of the clawless Cubs” (New York Herald) walks one and the other runner reaches base on an error. Only two balls are hit to the outfield against him. Lavender has a double at bat in the 7th to go along with a double and homer by Cy Williams. In the second game, the Giants win, 7-1, behind the newly acquired Rube Benton.